TEHRAN, July 16 (UPI) -- The insurgency plaguing stability operations under way in Afghanistan is a menace, the Iranian foreign minister said in Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki welcomed his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul to Tehran to discuss ways to improve bilateral relations between the two Asian neighbors, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reports.
Mottaki said it was important for Afghanistan's neighbors to do more to address militancy in Afghanistan, which he described as "menacing."
He stressed that border security was one way to improve the security situation, but emphasized that Tehran was an important partner with Kabul.
"Iran has always stood by the people and the government of Afghanistan," he added.
Kabul and the United Nations are leading an international conference on Afghanistan next week. More than 70 countries are expected to send delegates.
Iran attended a NATO summit on Afghanistan in Denmark in 2009, though it was unclear if Tehran was sending a delegation to attend the Kabul conference starting Tuesday.